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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is eclampsia?

This is a serious condition of unknown origin which presents as seizures as a result of uncontrolled high blood pressure which occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy (& sometimes postpartum).

Symptoms related to eclampsia

  • Currently pregnant

  • Seizure for the first time ever

  • Seizure

  • Losing consciousness

  • Headache

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Seizure lasted longer than 5 minutes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for eclampsia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose eclampsia

  • Are you currently pregnant?

  • Was that your first ever seizure (fit)?

  • Have you had a seizure?

  • Have you currently regained consciousness after temporarily losing consciousness?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

Treatment for eclampsia

This requires emergency medical care. The best solution for mother and child is giving birth. Medications are also given to stop seizures and lower the blood pressure.

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  • Sibai BM, Stella CL. Diagnosis and management of atypical preeclampsia-eclampsia. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 May;200(5):481.e1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2008.07.048. Epub 2008 Nov 18. PMID: 19019323.

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